Cluster headaches present unilaterally (on one side of the head), often behind one eye or on the temple. They are described as the worst pain imaginable. Symptoms can last from 15 minutes up to 3 hours and often suddenly subside. Approximately 80% of cluster type headaches occur consistently year to year for 1 to 3 months at a time.
The remaining 20% of people don’t get any periods of relief and suffer year-round. These are known as chronic cluster headaches. These headaches are often accompanied by watery eyes and runny sinuses.
It is necessary to investigate any triggers for the headaches and also rule out any possible serious causes such as tumours or haemorrhaging. There are also possible links to chronic neck issues that may be involved in triggering cluster headaches. Identifying the triggers and patterns of the headaches are vital to allow the individual to manage the condition as effectively as possible. Contact the team at Brisbane Posture and Performance to learn more today.